Born and called in 2012 God gave us a set of seven commitments which reflects J.O. Lebron Ministries, Inc. God's core values in regard to fulfilling its mission and vision. To love our God with all of our minds, heart and strength. To follow the gospel of Jesus Christ exactly as presented by Jesus and the apostle Paul. To prepare the brethren for the trip back home, when Jesus comes for his church (1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.) To please God and not man (Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ). To do our very best and as close to perfection as possible in all we do for the presentations of the holy gospel of Jesus Christ through our ministry utilizing the tools given to us by our God. To extend our reach to help with love, mercy and all our knowledge and strength to all man kind.
We commit ourselves to making prayer the highest priority of this ministry demonstrated by:
Every office and partner becoming a house of prayer for all nations.
Emphasizing communication with God as the highest privilege and greatest responsibility of every member of our ministry.
Modeling by all ministry leadership of an active and effective prayer life.
Uniting with other believers in corporate and intercessory prayer.
(Isa. 56:7; Mark 11:17; Rom. 8:26; 1 Cor. 14:14, 15; I Thess. 5:17; I Tim. 2:1-4, 8; James 5:14, 15)
We commit ourselves to gather regularly as the local expression of the Body of Christ to participate in worship of THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST that exalts God, engages the heart, mind and soul, and challenges to deeper commitment and discipleship. This commitment will be demonstrated by:
Assisting the brethren in planning and preparing for meaningful, anointed worship.
Equipping the brethren, pastors and other worship leaders to lead authentically expressed, spiritually alive worship.
Modeling varying styles and forms of worship that glorify God and encouraging outreach and service.
Emphasizing the importance of Biblical stewardship and the centrality of God’s Word as elements of worship.
(John 4:24; Psalm 29:2; Rom. 12:1; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Isa. 58; Mat. 25:31-46)
“WHERE HIS SHEEP HEAR HIS VOICE”
We commit ourselves to intentionally reaching the unconverted, baptizing them in water, and leading them to unite with the church. This commitment will be demonstrated by:
Viewing all the nations of the world as our mission field.
Encouraging our ministry to adopt and intercede for an unreached people.
Asking all local and national churches to adopt and implement measurable steps to evangelize and disciple unreached people groups inside and outside of their own regions (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 15:19-24; Revelation 5:9).
Encouraging every local church and ministries to increase their efforts to conversion growth.
Cultivating a genuine passion for the lost that will compel members to personally communicate the gospel of Jesus and demonstrate His love to those outside the faith.
Disciplining new believers and passing on our faith to the next generation.
Practicing life-style evangelism.
Teaching, preaching and ministering using an Internet Radio Network as well as Terrain radio stations around the world beginning with our territory of U.S.A. and Puerto Rico And Latin America
(Mat. 9:37-38; Mat. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:13-15)
We commit ourselves to identifying, training and resourcing God-called ministry planters and to intentionally planting new life-giving ministers. This commitment will be demonstrated by:
Focusing designated resources of the local ministry, state/regional offices, and the international offices for planting new ministers.
Starting the number of ministers plants equal to a minimum of 3% of the total number of ministers in a state/region/nation annually.
Developing a certified training program in our Evangelism and Home Missions Department and educational institutions for minister planters and home missions.
Emphasizing the health and viability of new minister plants as well as the number of ministers planted.
Affirming the different models of minister planting for different situations.
Recognizing minister planting as an apostolic ministry for our day.
(Mat. 16:18; John 4:35; Acts 2:47; 14:23; Ephesians. 5:25-28)
We commit ourselves to identifying and developing individuals whom God has called and given leadership gifts and challenging them to become servant-leaders. We will demonstrate our commitment by:
Creating an environment in which men and women with ministry gifts are developed to serve as servant-leaders.
Equipping, empowering and releasing lay leaders to serve as ministry partners both inside and outside the local ministry.
Providing relevant resources and training opportunities for both clergy and laity.
Encouraging ministers to lead through vision, to communicate the vision to the congregation and to organize the body and each of its ministry groups so the vision can be realized.
(Mark 3:13-15; 2 Tim. 2:2; 2:15; 3:14-17; Ephesians. 4:11-13)
We commit ourselves to the challenge of being a ministry that genuinely cares for one another and for those who are lost, hurting and in need. We will demonstrate our commitment by:
Building loving, caring relationships within families, between members, and within the communities we serve.
Obeying the Care Commission of Christ as in Matthew 25.
Cultivating compassion and showing mercy to the unloved, the undesirable and the unreached of our society.
Establishing in each local office an outreach ministry that demonstrates our genuine concern and love for the disadvantaged or oppressed.
Making available the needs of clothing, footwear, food and books and bibles.
Producing events for the exclusive purpose of worshiping, preaching, teaching and helping those in great need.
(Psalm. 86:15; Mat. 25; Luke 6:36; Acts 20:28)
We commit ourselves to the principle of interdependence, acknowledging our interconnectedness and dependence on all the members of the Body of Christ. We will demonstrate our commitment by:
Reaching out to others in the Body of Christ for collaboration, resource sharing and learning opportunities.
Encouraging local churches to build relationships with like-minded and like-hearted churches in their communities to work together with us to reach and help the lost.
Involving clergy in the processes of mentoring, coaching and consulting on the local, state, regional, national and international levels to increase the level of trust and support among ministers.
Engaging in dialogue and partnership with local, national and international organizations who seek to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Col. 2:19; 1 Cor. 12:14-31; Gal. 6:1-6)
The following Doctrinal Commitments represent the core beliefs of the denomination as outlined in Scripture.
Repentance. Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19.
Justification. Romans 5:1; Titus 3:7.
Regeneration. Titus 3:5.
New birth. John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:9.
Sanctification subsequent to justification. Romans 5:2; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 13:12.
Holiness. Luke 1:75; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; Hebrews 12:14.
Water baptism. Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9, 10; John 3:22, 23; Acts 8:36, 38.
Baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to cleansing; the endearment of power for service. Matthew 3:11; Luke 24:49, 53; Acts 1:4-8.
The speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance as the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost. John 15:26; Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:1-7.
The Church. Exodus 19:5, 6; Psalm 22:22; Matthew 16:13-19; 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47; 7:38; 20:28; Romans 8:14-17: 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17; 12:12-31; 2 Corinthians 6:6-18; Ephesians 2:19-22; 3:9, 21; Philippians 3:10; Hebrews 2:12; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 1:6, 7; Revelation 21:2, 9; 22:17.
Spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:1, 7, 10, 28, 31; 1 Corinthians 14:1.
Signs following believers. Mark 16:17-20; Romans 15:18, 19; Hebrews 2:4.
Fruit of the Spirit. Romans 6:22; Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 5:9; Philippians 1:11.
Divine healing provided for all in the Atonement. Psalm 103:3; Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:17; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24.
The Lord's Supper. Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11 : 2 3 - 2 6.
Washing the saints' feet. John 13:4-17; 1 Timothy 5:9, 10.
Tithing and giving. Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Malachi 3:10; Luke 11:42 ; 1 Corinthians 16:2 ; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 ; Hebrews 7:1-21.
Restitution where possible. Matthew 3:8; Luke 19:8, 9.
Premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the dead saints and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. 1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years. Zechariah 14:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Jude 14, 15; Revelation 5:10; 19:11-21; 20:4-6.
Resurrection. John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:5, 6.
Eternal life for the righteous. Matthew 25:46; Luke 18:30; John 10:28; Romans 6:22; 1 John 5:11-13.
Eternal punishment for the wicked. No liberation nor annihilation. Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 3:29; 2 Thessalonians 1: 8, 9; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8.
BEING GOOD CITIZENS
As Christians we are members of the kingdom of God as well as a social order of this world. Obedience to God requires us to act in a responsible manner as citizens of our country (Mark 12:13-17; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17). Therefore, we should support civil law and order; hold our leaders in respect and pray for them; participate in school, community and governmental activities; exercise our voting rights; and speak out on clear- cut moral issues. God's law is supreme, but we are to obey the laws of our country insofar as they are not in conflict with obedience to God (Acts 5:29). When it becomes necessary to disagree with practices and requirements of government, we should do so out of a concern for the promotion of righteousness and not out of delight in discord and controversy.
Love for others and the recognition of the equal worth of all men in the sight of God (Acts 10:34; 17:26) should compel us to take steps to improve the situation of those who are underprivileged, neglected, hungry, homeless and victimized by prejudice, persecution and oppression (Matthew 22:39; Romans 13:8-10; 1 John 3:17). In all of our dealings, we must be sensitive to human needs (Luke 10:30-37; James 1:27) and guard against racial and economic discrimination. Every person should have freedom to worship and participate in the life of the church regardless of race, color, sex, social class or nationality.
God alone confers life (Genesis 1:1-31); therefore, we are responsible to God to care for our physical life and that of others. If the circumstances require, we must be prepared to risk our life in the service of our neighbor (John 15:13); but the general rule is that we must respect our physical life and employ every worthy means to maintain it. Since God alone confers life, God alone must decide when it is to be ended (Psalm 31:14, 15). Because a human fetus is sacred and blessed of God, we believe that we have the responsibility to protect the life of the unborn (Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:41). It is our firm conviction that abortion and euthanasia of aged, mentally incompetent, terminally ill and otherwise handicapped, for reasons of personal convenience, social adjustment or economic advantage, are morally wrong. Furthermore, we believe it is our Christian responsibility to care for the earth and its resources. In the beginning God gave man dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26-30). This does not, however, give us license to pollute our natural environment or to waste the resources of the earth.
We will demonstrate the scriptural principle of modesty by appearing and dressing in a manner that will enhance our Christian testimony and will avoid pride, elaborateness or sensuality. We refuse to imitate the world in all their ways adopting the way of our God to represent his holy gospel and doctrine.
According to the biblical idea, modesty is an inner spiritual grace that recoils from anything unseemly and impure, is chaste in thought and conduct, and is free of crudeness and indecency in dress and behavior (Ephesians 4:25, 29, 31; 5:1-8; 1 Timothy 2:9, 10). Therefore, modesty includes our appearance, dress, speech and conduct and can be applied to all situations. The essential issue is, does our style of life please or displease God?
Our life, character and self-image are reflected by our apparel and mode of dress. The admonition of Scripture, "Be not conformed to this world," reminds us that our manner of dress must be modest and decent (Romans 12:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:22, 23). It is not displeasing to God for us to dress well and be well groomed. However, above all we must seek spiritual beauty, which does not come from outward adornment with jewelry, expensive clothes or cosmetics, but from good works, chaste conversation, and a meek and quiet spirit (Philippians 4:8; 1 Peter 3:3-5).
As godly people we are to abstain from all lusts of the flesh and avoid dressing in a manner that encourages immoral thoughts, attitudes and lifestyles (Galatians 5:13-21; 1 Peter 2:11, 2 Peter 1:4). Our beauty does not depend on elaborate, showy dress extravagant, costly attire or on the use of jewelry or cosmetics, but on our relationship with Christ. External adornment, whether clothing or jewelry, as an outward display of personal worth, is contrary to a spiritual attitude (James 2:1-4).
We will show our love to God and others with all of our mind's, heart, soul and strength. We will observe the biblical way to speak, our vocabulary, our way to respond and react to situations and the way we think in all we do. We will defend our faith with knowledge, firm and without debate. We will study the scripture and christian material on a daily basis as well as prayer & fast time. Our goal should be, to imitate Jesus Christ as the Apostle Paul did himself. Being christian is a way of life and not status quote. We are ambassadors of Jesus here on earth (2 Corinthians 5: 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech by us: we pray in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God). We are pilgrims and strangers for this world (1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul). We are soldiers of Jesus army (2 Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ). The time has come and is now, that we all get train and put to practice the word and instructions of the holy gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel he gave his life for.